Trial begins for man charged in Honolulu Police officer fatality caseUPDATED 8:04 PM HST Oct 17, 2013Video Transcript
A driver asleep at the wheel, a deadly crash, a Honolulu Police officer killed. The question jurors have to decide ... was that a crime? Good evening, I'm Paula Akana. It's our top story tonight.. KITV4's Jill Kuramoto takes us inside the courtroom where the trial for James Dorsey got off to a dramatic start. James Dorsey was 20 years old when he made the biggest mistake of his life. Driving Drowsy. 1:22:12 YOU'LL ALSO HEAR HIM SAY THAT HE WAS TIRED, SO TIRED THAT HE WAS BOBBING HIS HEAD Dorsey doesn't deny being tired that fateful night on September 13, 2011 -- and his attorney says he believed he could make it from Makiki... home to Maili. He didn't. Dorsey slammed into Honolulu Police officer Eric Fontes along the side of Farrington Highway... 1:42:57 THE SOUND OF IMPACT LIKE A LOUD IMPACT. LIKE A BOOM. 1:43:02 Former HPD officer Thomas Chun- Ming was there.. He was one of three officers stopped along the highway assisting with a traffic stop.. He narrowly missed being hit. Officer Herman Scanlon wasn't so lucky. Dorsey's truck hit him, too. 1:44:37 OFFICER SCANLAN APPEARED TO BE INJURED. INITIALLY HAD A DIFFICULT TIME TALKING. GURGLING. HIS EYES WERE ROLLING BACK. 1:44:42 1:58:24 I Do Scanlan doesn't remember much of that night. 2:00:03 TO ME I FELT SAFER WITH ALL THESE LIGHTS BUT APPARENTLY NOT THAT NIGHT. 2:00:07 Prosecutors say Fontes was killed by the impact. The narrow path Dorsey's truck took is nearly impossible to imagine... and the defense claims was certainly not intentional. 1:25:15 THE QUESTION YOU MUST ASK YOURSELVES IS WHETHER JAMES SHOULD BE FOUND CRIMINALLY LIABLE FOR THE CHOICES HE MADE THAT DAY. AND THE EVIDENCE WILL SHOW HE IS NOT. 1:25:27 Reporting from Circuit Court, JK KITV4 News. Trial continues tomorrow.